We were going along in our faith in all the ways we understood, not realizing that we were walking in partial truth. One day, through our own studies, or a word from a friend or relative, or maybe even a stranger, we began to suspect that there was more to the story. As we searched, the Ruach whispered, and sometimes shouted, in our ears that it is time for us to return, to come out of Babylon!
For many this was a complete shock. Some welcomed the new understanding with joy, some with anger or fear. But once the door is opened, for people of good will and intellectual honesty, there is no turning back! We hadn’t understood before that the faith of our father, Abraham, had been so homogenized that it no longer had much in common with our roots. Thankfully, the main message of His redeeming work on our behalf stayed intact, though in subtle ways our Messiah has been made over to meet our expectations. While it is true that we need to understand cultural differences, it is not true that we should ever allow those differences, more than His directions in the Torah, to determine the way we honor our Elohim. Rather we are to desire to come to Him and learn about what it means to become a member of His family. The Council decision recorded in Acts which outlined four things the Gentiles needed to do in order to come into fellowship with His people was only to be a doorway! It was never intended to be a final destination! Our transition today is picking back up where it left off in the First Century and from where it was diverted soon after.
To mix our metaphors a bit, It is as though we, too, joined Israel to make the journey through the parted waters of the Red Sea to come to faith (salvation) but then, we have remained on the shore, dancing with Miriam, rather than make the journey through the wilderness to meet with our covenant keeping Elohim. (sanctification)
At the Raising Up the Remnant conference, I will address some of the common markers we have experienced and seen in others as they, too, make this transition. It is so important that any changes we make have their roots in our desire to be in relationship with our Elohim, and not in simply making outward changes to appease someone, even if we think that someone IS God.
The four inner realizations we have observed are as follows:
Realization that all of the Word is True and valid for today. Beginning to walk feasts/ food guidelines, etc.
Realization that salvation alone/basic Christian belief/individual/focus on self and “what God can do for me” is not the “end goal.” Spiritual sanctification process is ongoing.
Realization that not only is it not all about me...it is all about Messiah and learning to submit to Him, individually maturing in every way unto Him Who is our Head.
Realization of need for corporate identity/Torah community and corporate righteousness as part of preparation for the Bride/corporate Body.
Where we are in this transition process will impact our choices for fellowship and the development of a Torah pursuant lifestyle. Each realization will change how we perceive our needs and expectations of an assembly; of members and of leaders. I will address some of these factors on the first day of the gathering.
It is truly a joy to understand what it means to Shema! (Hear and obey) but there is more as we learn to Shamar! as well. (keep and guard)
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Watching and praying,
Barbara L. Klika
Set Apart Ministries